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4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, March 11, 1996

Wildcats bomb Blue in first round

By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS-The Michigan women's basket-
ball team gave one of its best performances of the season
March 1 against Northwestern in the first-round of the
Big Ten Tournament.
Unfortunately, the Wolverines will not be able to
build off of their strong showing until November.
The Wildcats (9-9 Big Ten, 21-10 overall) won the 3-
point contest, 11-10, and the game, 89-79, ending
Michigan's season with their third hard-fought victory
over the Wolverines.
"I told (Michigan coach) Trish (Roberts) we don't
want to play them anymore," Northwestern coach Don
Perrelli joked afterwards.
Penn State beat Purdue in the final round, 71-69,
winning its second consecutive conference title.
The crowd at Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse saw a trey-
rific record-breaking contest from the two teams' long-
range bombers.
Therewas no need forthe arc tobepainted on the floor
for the Ohio State-Minnesota game that followed, since
the Wolverine and Wildcat perimeter players torched it
into the hardwood with a combined 21 3-pointers, a
record for two teams in a Big Ten contest.
Northwestern's 11 treys was a Big Ten Tournament
team record, as the Wildcats were led by senior guard
Michele Ratay's six buckets from beyond the arc, tying
her own school record that she set three times this
season. Ratay finished with a game-high 25 points.
Junior forward Katrina Hannaford chipped in 22
points for the Wildcats while battling mononucleosis for
the second time.
"I don't really feel like I have it, but they tell me Ihave
it," said Hannaford, who scored her 1,000th career point
on her first basket of the night.
Knowing all this, as well as Michigan's (1-16 Big
Ten, 7-20 overall) struggles this season, it's probably
hard to believe the Wolverines kept this one close.
But there they were, nailing 10 of 15 shots from
downtown, committing only 1I turnovers while dishing
out 22 assists and down only four points, 77-73, with

8:.1l left to play. A 10-0 Wildcat run, however, ended
Michigan's hopes ofan upset berth into the tournament's
Sophomore forward Molly Murray came offthe bench
to score a season-high 18 points on six 3-pointers, setting
a new school record and matching Pollyanna Johns'
team-highl8 points.
"Usually when we come off the bench, we're sup-
posed to throw it around a little bit before we shoot it,"
Murray said. "When I got the ball, Ijust put it up and it
was going in."
A block by Johns led to Murray's first trey with 12:27
left in the first half and gave Michigan an eight-point
lead, 20-12, as the Wolver-
ines' aggressive defense
helped them capitalize on
the offensive end.
But then the shoot-out
CONFERENCE began as Murray and
Northwestern's Megan
Tournament Chawansky and Kristina
Divjak played a game of
"anything you can do, I can do better."
Chawansky answered Murray's trey with one of her.
Murray answered back for three.
Chawansky with another triple.
Divjak entered the game and hit from behind the arc.
Murray again.
Divjak again.
And feeling left out, Chawansky again.
Throw a Hannaford lay-up in the mix and Northwest-
ern had regained a three-point lead, 29-26, with 8:54 left
in the first half - a lead it would never relinquish.
And this was all before Ratay started hitting from
By the time the first half ended and the teams were
forced to cool off in the lockerroom---Northwestern led
"It's difficult to see 49 points upon the board at the end
of the first half and only be ahead by five," Perrelli said.
"It's turning mio a pro game; this is absolutely ridicu-

The difference in the first half came from the free-
throw line. Both teams hit 17 field goals, seven coming
from long-range. But Northwestern had six more oppor-
tunities from the stripe, capitalizing on five of them.
Michigan looked poised for a comeback early in the
second, twice cutting the Wildcat lead to one point.
The first time came on a layup by senior forwa4
Jennifer Brzezinski assisted by sophomore Akisha
Franklin (13 points.six assists, three steals)a minute into
the half. Brzezinski scored six points and grabbed four
rebounds in her final game as a Wolverine. Her floor
time was limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble.
Michigan again pulled within one, 55-54, on a Johns
layup with 15:33 left, setup by one of sophomore Jenni-
fer Kiefer's team-high eight assists.
But Northwestern countered with a Christina Braden
layup from Amber DeWall (game-high I I assists) and a
Ratay 3-pointer from the left corner. The Wolverines
would not get closer than four points for the duration r;
the game.
Although Roberts was pleased to finally see her team
shooting well, she said they needed a better inside game
to complement their hot hands.
"We usually get fouls when we pound it inside, andwe
didn't do that," Roberts said. "We were disappointed in
the second half that we didn't even get in the one-and-
one (bonus)."
Northwestern was whistled for only eight fouls in the
game, compared to 21 against Michigan. And in agang
they lost by 10 points, the Wolverines were outscored
from the charity stripe by 13.
"We were playing mostly man-to-man (defense) and
when you play aggressive like that you're going to make
some fouls," Roberts said.
Michigan also tried a new 3-2 zone defense forr
portions ofthegame,but couldn't cool downtheWildcas
perimeter shooters who hit 11 of 15 (73.3 percent) of
their 3-point attempts.
"The biggest difference in this game was that we
didn't make defensive stops when we needed to," Rob-
erts said.

Catherine DIGiacinto and the Wolverines fell to Northwestern in the first round of
the Big Ten Tournament, last weekend in Indianapolis.

Wolverines' tourney loss gives them one more year of futility

By Dan Stillmap
Daih Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Various basketball teams have been
bast ions of futility in recent years.
The 1992-93 Mavericks (11-71), 1993-94 Mavericks (13-
69), 1994-95 Clippers (17-65) and the 1995-96 Michigan
% onien's basketball team (1-16 Big Ten) all posted miserable
For some of these teams, the records really do indicate their
talent level.
For the 1996 Michigan women's basketballteam, however,
its record does not reflect the potential it had.
And, despite the end result (an 89-79 loss), the Wolverines'
play against Northwestern in the first round of last weekend's
Big Ten Tournament served as final proof.
The Wolverines entered the contest losers of 16 of their last
17, including two defeats to those same Wildcats.
Surprisingly, though, the reeling Wolverines came outhitting
on all cylinders and played arguably their best half of the season

against the once-ranked Wildcats.
Not only did Michigan shoot 47.2 percent for the half, more
than 7 percent above its average, but even more impressive, the
usually sloppy Wolverines committed only three turnovers
compared to Northwestern's seven.
And, Michigan found an answer to
Northewestern guard Megan
Instead of letting the freshman bury
the Wolverines with one unanswered 3-
pointer after another, like she did when
she hit 6-of-10 3-pointers in their second
meeting of the season, Michigan re-
This time, it was Michigan sopho-
more forward Molly Murray who caught
fire, nailing 5-of-6 from 3-point land in the first half alone (6-8
total), while Chawansky made only three triples in the game.
With everything going their way, the underdog Wolverines

ledmy as much as eight points duringthe first half, beforetrailing
by five at the break.
But, much like the rest of the season, Michigan could not
sustain this type of play long enough.
While Murray cooled off in the second half, Northwestern's
Michele Ratay hit all four of her 3-point attempts.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats buried the Wolverines from the free
throw line, going 18-23 for the game from the stripe while
Michigan only went to the line nine times, and converted on only
five free-throws.
All in all, the game told the story ofthe Wolverines' season-
periods of solid play, this one longer than most, combined with
more frequent periods of significantly less than solid play.
Michigan performed similarly against other highly ranked
teams earlier in the season.
Against Purdue, Michigan hung close for much of the game
and trailed by only three points midway through the second half.
But then, the wheels came off for the Michigan, as the Boiler-
makers went on a 21-0 run to put the game away.

Likewise, the Wolverines played Penn State well at homi
during intervals of the game, but they couldn't keep it together
long enough and lost by 15.
It is these glimpses of competitiveness that is-not reflected in
the won-loss column.
Instead, the record books will lump the'96 M ichigan women's
basketball team together with the many other losing teams in
The Wolverines under Trish Roberts'
Season Big Ten Overall Leading Scorer
1995-96 1-16 7-20 Pollyanna Johns 14.5 ppg
1994-95 3-13 8-19 Jennifer Brzezinski 12.4 ppg
1993-94 0-18 3-24 Amy Johnson 15.6 ppg
1992-93 1-17 2-25 Trish Andrew 19.0 ppg

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'M' sunk by barrage of 3-pointers
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By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - The "charity
stripe" is a basketball term that people
use to describe the free throw line - a
place where the player is all but given
the points from a short distance.
But have you ever heard of a charity
The Michigan and Northwestern
women's basketball team coined that
phrase after the Wolverines' 89-79 loss
to the Wildcats in the first round of the
Big Ten Championships in Indianapo-
lis, March 1.
The Wolverines were eliminated from
the tournament, ending their season at
1-16 in the conference and 7-20 overall.
Whenever fans looked up, another 3-
pointer grazed the nets in Hinkle
Molly Murray led the 3-point bri-
gade for the Wolverines with six treys
off the bench, scoring all of her points
from beyond the arc. Murray broke her
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of five triples set two years ago.
Northwestern guard Michelle Ratay
matched Murray'shalf-dozen, tying the
school record for most 3-pointers in a
game that Ratay set three other times
this season.
There were 21 trifectas in all - 11-
of-15 for Northwestern and 10-of-15
for Michigan.
Both schools tied
their school
records for most
3-pointers in a
The Wolver-
Ines even con-
nected on more
threes than
Murray Michigan had
points from the
free throw line. The Wolverines were
just five-of-nine from the line.
"(The Wolverines) hit 3 (pointer) af-
ter 3 (pointer)," Wildcat coach Don
Perrelli said. "fortunately, we were
getting good shots at the basket as well."
But it wasn't as if Perrelli enjoyed
everything about the shoot-out. He felt
the game was getting out of hand.
"Our defense vvas not very good,"
Perelli said. "We were not respecting
(the Wolverines') outside shooting and
they were hitting them."
The 3-pointers affected the teams in
four ways.
Michigan grabbed the early first-half
lead due to Murray's shooting from
beyond the arc.
Northwestern came back and re-
gained the lead with its torrid 3-point
shooting in the middle of the first half,
primarily thanks to guard Megan
Chawansky's triples.
The Wolverines stayed in the game
because of their 3-point stroke in the
late portion of the first half. Otherwise,
Michigan could have been blown out.
And the Wildcats put the game away
with 3-point bombs in the second half,
led by Ratay.
Ratay carried the load in the second
half -rcnrino 17 rofher 92 5nints in the

Perrelli praised the efforts of his 3-
point specialists, especially Chawansky
who started after coming off the bengh
forthe Wildcats' intheirlastfourgames:
"I was glad to see Megan
(Chawansky) react the way she did as a
starter," Perrelli said. "So to see her
come out and do what she did, I was
very happy about that. And also very
happy aboutthisone(pointingtoRatay
hitting some outside shots."
But Michigan had a long-distance
bomber of its own in Murray.
The sophomore forward connected,
on five of her six trifectas in the first
half. Murray even stepped a few feet
beyond the arc on some occasions and
still hit her shot
Consider this. Murray equaled her
previous nine-game total against th!
Wildcats. She connected on six-of-3
trifectas in that nine game stretch.
"Usually when we come cuff the
bench, we're supposed to throwit
around a little bit before we shoot it."
Murray said. "When Igottheball, ljust
put it up and it was going in."
Michigan coach Trish Roberts corp.
mended Murray and also was pleased
with the Wolverines' perimeter shoot-
"Molly came in and did a great job
hitting those 3-pointers," Roberts sail
"And that's something we haven't done
all year-- shot well from the outside. I
was just glad that we were finally able
to hit some shots from the outside."
Murray 30 6-8 0-0 0.2 0 4 18
Brzezinski 15 3-9 0-0 3.4 0 4 '6
Johnsk36 8-10 2-2 2.7 2 4 1
Franklin 36 5-14 2-4 01 6 2
Kiefer 35 2-6 0.0 1-2 8 1 L
Willard 20 4-9 0-1 3.5 2 3 .8
Shellman 36 2-4 0-0 40 2 2 4
iGiacinto 9 1-3 0-0 4-0 0 0 2
Johnson 9 1-4 1-2 0.0 2 1 4
Totals 200 32-67 9.11 11.29 2221 79
FG%: .478. FT%: .556. Three-point goals: 10-.5vr
.667 (Murray 6-8, Kiefer 2-2, Johnson 1-2,
Franklin 1-3). Blocks: 2 (Franklin, Johns).
Turnovers: 11 (Franklin 2, Kiefer 2, Murray 2.
Brzezinski, Shellman, Johns, Willard,
DiGiacinto). Steals: 10 (Franklin 3. BrzezinskI 2,

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